Fall, slump, drop on a bedside cabinet in water[...]: Alex Farrar
14 September – 12 October
Launch event: Friday 13 September, 6 – 8pm
Free & open to all
Fall, slump, drop on a bedside cabinet in water with behavioural residue (painted violet) and collapse, slide, bottom-out beside low on a bookshelf, with sag on a folding table and slip on a bedside cabinet -both- in water before behavioural residue (painted chartreuse), downswing under a broken curtain rail, and dip, crash, flat on a chest of drawers partially in water is a solo exhibition by Alex Farrar which sees Bloc Projects flooded whilst sand-filled loungewear-clad figures lie immobile, pinned to fly-tipped furniture and refuse. Residues from previous exhibitions by Farrar will be requisitioned to complete the landscape of disaster.
Farrar’s continued engagement with the exhibition as a dramatic form, as a shared space, have become increasingly lyrical. For Bloc Projects, the artist has pledged to be less subtle in his use of paranoiac visions and pataphysical logic, taking John Martin’s apocalyptical constructions as inspiration for a domestic catastrophe.
A text by George Vasey has been commissioned to accompany the exhibition.
Alex Farrar (b. 1986) lives and works between Amsterdam and London. Farrar’s work is focused on solo-projects in a variety of contexts, recent and forthcoming exhibitions in 2019 are Art Rotterdam w/Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Rotterdam; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague; SE8 Gallery, London curated by Nicola Oxley and Nicolas de Oliveira; and Bloc Projects, Sheffield curated by David McLeavy. In recent years he has made solo exhibitions at Arco Madrid w/Dürst Britt & Mayhew (2018); Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2016, 2015); De Appel, Amsterdam, (2016); as well as participating in group exhibitions at ChaShaMa, New York, curated by Darling Green (2019); Copperfield, London curated by Will Lunn (2018); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015, 2016); and P&P Gallery, Tokyo (2015) among others. He has recently participated in residencies at Walk&Talk, Azores (2019); Onomatopee, Eindhoven (2018) and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2015–2016). Farrar has been the recipient of several grants, awards and commissions, including the Mondriaan Fund’s Stipend for Established Artists, Stokroos Foundation project grant, Hinderrustfonds Foundation project grant, Elise Mathilde Fellowship, Peter Paul Peterich Fund and The 2015 Tetley’s Collection Artists’ Commission.
Alex Farrar is represented by Dürst Britt & Mayhew